Alzheimer's Poetry Project (APP) and
Institute of Dementia Education and Arts (IDEA)
On-Line Training and Certification

Work one-on-one with Gary Glazner founder of the APP and IDEA. He has taught over 3,000 family caregivers, healthcare workers and artists to use poetry to connect with people living Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

The training emphasizes simple poetry techniques and how they can be combined with dance, exercise, music, storytelling, and visual art to facilitate a new and positive way of communicating with people in all stages of dementia.

The workshop fee includes a copy of Glazner's new book: Dementia Arts Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care
More info on the book at: Dementia Arts Book

Glazner gives tips on how to recite well-loved poems and teaches easy ways to create new poetry. Healthcare workers learn how to structure an arts program. Glazner shows how engage people in discussions that lead to the creation of new poetry, stories or songs. For family members he will custom design a program to engage your loved one or help you write poems to honor them.

The total price of the series of three, hour-long, one-on-one workshops is $299.00.
Please see the drop-down menu for options for multi-person training sessions.
Workshops are conducted using Skype.

On-Line Training

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Participants will leave the truing with increased knowledge of projection, articulation,
pacing of the recitation, dynamics, and how to bring out the emotional content of the poem. These skills form the core of good public speaking and build the participant's confidence.

OnDementia Arts Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care
"By weaving his own storytelling and positive experiences into the book, Gary compels the reader to move forward into the world of the creative arts and offers a magical 'recipe' for success."
-Carol Steinberg, President, Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Two people we have had the honor of working report:
"I have lived here a year and this is the first time I have sat through an activity. You made us all poets."
-Jean, Attic Angels, Madison, WI.

"To me and I think to many people, poetry brings out the best in us. For people like us with Alzheimer's, we get nervous, and poetry helps calm us. You ask us to do things." -Martha, 80th Street Residence, New York, NY.

Liz Hughes Wiley speaks on the APP's impact with her mother.
"The staff and residents had a blast at the poetry session where my Mom lives. Greeting each resident individually, the poet got responses from everyone in the room from soft words to jokes, even "Fly Me To the Moon" sung by someone I wasn't sure even spoke anymore. I think that people really underestimate how much is "still going on" in people with Alzheimer's. I have learned from Mom that they need stimulation, attention, interaction, and moments of charm. It was perhaps the first time the staff got to see all my Mom can be."

Here is a quote from a family member who participated in a workshop organized by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
"After a very intense morning which was extremely helpful, slightly overwhelming and a little sad, it was so refreshing to laugh and be silly! The speaker was insightful. I have never heard of this approach and look forward to trying out some of his ideas with my Mom. A great way to wrap up the day. Laughter is wonderful medicine. This is an activity that my entire family can use to engage with Mom. The poetry was useful and practical."

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